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Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, first-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a more wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.

Both courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

International Games Day @ Your Library
The SCC Library and the Games Club are taking part in International Games Day @ Your Library on Thursday, November 17, from 1pm to 5pm in LR105. Students, faculty and staff are invited to come and join in on the fun! Feel free to bring your own tabletop games to play or you can play one of ours.

New to this year’s International Games Day: Mini sessions of Dungeons and Dragons, and a video game console set up to play Mario Kart.

See you Thursday!

Very frequently, articles from subject-specific encyclopedias provide a great starting point for research. OneSearch provides some of these as “Research Starters” that pop up for certain searches.

We’ve now enhanced and expanded that feature by pulling in content from one of our other databases, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), which provides loads of useful reference articles. Do a simple search and, if we’ve got an article in GVRL that matches, up to three such articles will appear at the top of the screen under the heading Topic Overviews.

Search for Nativism brings three results from different encyclopedias

We’ll be tracking the number of clicks on these items and otherwise assessing how this new feature is being used. We’re very happy to have the opportunity to develop OneSearch in student-friendly ways. If you’ve got thoughts on how it could be better, contact a librarian and let us know!

Los Rios Chancellor Brian King has repeatedly recommended this book as a resource for illuminating problems and finding solutions. We’re happy to say it is now available as an ebook to all Los Rios students and employees.
Book jacket - Redesigning America's Community Colleges

You can view the ebook online or, if you’ve got the patience, download it in part or in full. We have a guide to EBSCO ebooks that walks you through the options.

We’ve also got it in print! If the SCC copy is currently checked out or on hold, feel free to request a copy from one of the other college libraries.

The Library has published a guide to this year’s election. Find out about voter registration, the presidential election and California’s 17 (!) ballot measures. Our guide gives you links to the best sites and also provides starters for researching some of the issues at stake on November 8.

Election guide home page, showing three sections: Voting, Presidential Election, and California Propositions

Also be sure to visit the election-themed display on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Which literary characters would you vote for? Who said it: Trump or Clinton? Which issues do you think are most important this year?

Board asking what the most important issue is; attach a piece of paper to the column of your choiceBoard asks, what if your favorite literary character ran for president. Who would you vote for?Board asks, Who said it? Donald Trump or Hillary ClintonBoard provides information on California Propositions

We’ve also got a book display on presidential elections and politics. You’ll find a list of all books in the display in the election guide.

Would you like to watch the first presidential debate collectively with your SCC community?

Watch the first 2016 presidential debate - screenshot of Youtube page

The SCC Library will provide a space for watching the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, in the library instruction classroom behind the Research Help Desk, located on the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.

The debate begins at 6:00 pm. A live stream of the debate will be shown using the classroom’s projector.

Students staff, faculty and administrators are all warmly invited.

Welcome to research season! Whether you’ve got an in-class presentation, a paper or some other project, here are some tips for how to go about finding the info you need.

1. Visit the Research Help Desk

Librarian helping two students

Librarians love your research. We enjoy helping you discover resources for getting further in your project and helping you think through what kinds of information might help. There’s always at least one librarian at the desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Give us a try!

2. Take a Library Workshop

We offer 50-minute introductions to library resources throughout the semester. You’ll get hand-on practice using OneSearch and ideas for how best to approach finding information on a given topic. Has your instructor offered extra credit for attending one? Come to the Research Help desk (or call 916-558-2461) and reserve your spot.

3. Take PILOT

PILOTlink to SCC Pilot is our online tutorial that guides you through everything from forming a topic to searching the databases to citing your sources!

4. Use Ask A Librarian

Ask a LibrarianYou’ll find our Ask a Librarian icon on our website, in OneSearch and some other databases, and in D2L. If it says “live chat”, that means a librarian is standing by available for text chat. If it says “leave a message,” click to find a page where you can explain what you need and a librarian will reply quickly.

5. Make a Research Appointment

For those who know some of the basics and want a little more focus, we offer 30-minute appointments. Let us know what you’re working on in advance and we’ll spend some time helping you find great info for your research project.

Those are just the top 5—as you spend more time with the library, in person or online, you’ll discover many more.

Remember: successful students use their college library!

Films on Demand is now available to all Los Rios students and faculty! This database provides over 20,000 videos that can be streamed in full or clip-by-clip. You’ll find the link you need on the Research Databases page.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand features videos from many top producers of educational video content, including PBS, the BBC, NOVA, and Frontline.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years WikiSecretsJazz: A Film by Ken Burns

You’ll also find Films on Demand titles while using OneSearch; however, what is listed in OneSearch may be slightly out of date, so for the best selection we recommend going directly to the Films on Demand website and searching there.

We expect that one of the primary ways Films on Demand will be used is instructors assigning films or clips in classes. You’ll be able to do so by posting links to the program, using the Record URL found on the program’s page (not the search results page).

Record URL on detailed record page

Even easier, in D2L and Canvas you can insert clips into your courses without leaving your course shell. More info will be coming on that score from Distance Ed and Instructional Development. For now, take a look at the vendor’s quick start guide, which has good info on creating a personal account to create folders you can share with students.